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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


John J. RUSSELL is the son of John and Matilda (FERGUSON) RUSSELL, pioneers of Cerro Gordo county. He was born in Knox Co., Ohio, Nov. 5, 1838. His parents became residents of Iowa, and he reached man's estate under the personal care and guidance of his father.

In October, 1861, Mr. RUSSELL made the cause of the Union his own, by enlisting in the 14th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. His command went to Fort Randall, Dakota. In 1864 he was transferred to the 41st Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and later to the 7th Iowa Cavalry. He received an honorable discharge Oct. 31, 1864, and returned to his home.

In 1867 he located upon the farm he has since occupied, on the northwest quarter of section 33, in Lime Creek township. He was married in 1866 to Miss HARTSHORN, of DeKalb Co., Ill. William Arthur, Hester J., Charity, Mary E., Nannie, Julia and Bettie are the names of their seven promising children.

Mr. RUSSELL has been several times chosen by the votes of his townsmen to fill offices of trust, and is the present assessor.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 895. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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